The beret is fashion’s latest must-have headwear

Maria Grazia Chiuri revived the beret  

(Photo:formal dresses melbourne)Recently revived by Maria Grazia Chiuri for the Dior fall/winter 2017-2018 fashion show in 2017, the beret is fashion’s latest must-have headwear. As well as being brought back to the forefront of fashion by several designers, the beret has also been spotted in the wild — and not just in France. Indeed, it has been rocked by some of fashion’s most stylish icons. Still, it’s important to strike a balance when working a beret into a look, so as not to fall into the trap of clichés. Here’s some inspiration from Bella Hadid, Sara Sampaio and Chiara Ferragni on how to wear a beret with style.

Wearing a blonde wig while enjoying some downtime with friends, Bella Hadid rocks a refreshed, loose-fitting beret, bringing a retro touch to her casual-chic look. It’s a great combination for the Dior ambassador, who is regularly seen sporting hats of all kinds. In fact, this isn’t the first time that the American supermodel has been seen rocking this year’s hottest headwear — she was snapped last fall wearing a stylish leather beret.

Style icon, influencer and businesswoman Chiara Ferragni was seen rocking a beret, matched with sophisticated attire, at Paris haute couture week. Beyond the retro touch, the hat makes a chic and feminine addition to the Italian blogger’s outfit. She wore the iconic accessory again to the Dior show, embellishing it with a violet for the occasion.

Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne made a very noteworthy appearance at the latest Dior fashion show in February, pictures of which were seen all around the world. Dressed head to toe in iconic pieces by the French fashion house, the star rocked a masculine-feminine style capped with a Dior beret.

In a different style, Portuguese model Sara Sampaio was snapped wearing a beret as she prepared to jet out of New York. The beret adds a chic detail and a refreshing twist to her casual outfit of jeans, a top and a shearling jacket. The model pulls out all the stops to stay stylish while traveling.

Winnie Harlow — another fan of hats — has also been an early adopter of the beret, a French style classic. The Canadian model stands out with a bright red beret featuring a logo. The accessory is a perfect match for the red details on her vinyl parka, adding the finishing touch to a stylish and sexy look.Read more at:formal dresses online

Diamond Designs: Buying Diamonds for Fashion

Diamonds make a fashion statement beyond “I’m engaged.” Discover diamond jewelry trends and styles that can drive your next fine jewelry purchase.

If you think diamonds are just for engagements, weddings and anniversaries, it’s time to think again. Fine fashionable diamond jewelry is a wonderful choice, and diamonds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, cuts, and colors. But because diamonds are so often associated with the romance and symbolism of lives joined together forever, it can be hard to break free of the idea that diamonds are anything other than marriage gifts.

But that’s no reason to remove such an absolutely gorgeous gemstone from your options of gifts for others or for yourself. Jewelry fashions are constantly changing, and designers keep finding new and interesting ways to incorporate diamonds into their work.

A great way to wear a diamond ring that doesn’t compete with your engagement ring is to sport a completely different style or add some color.

A strong case can be made for “anytime” diamond purchases when you approach it from the concept of style and building your jewelry wardrobe.

Making a style statement

It wasn’t all that long ago that diamonds were usually either solitaires in a setting or accents to other gemstones. But designers have learned to enhance the beauty of larger diamonds in countless mounting choices and a variety of metals, including platinum, silver and all colors of gold.

You can make a fashion statement with diamonds by taking advantage of colors other than white, either alone or mixing. A ring, necklace or bracelet that mixes black and white diamonds creates a focal point. Yellow diamonds, alone or paired with white, are both totally on-trend and effortlessly classic. A mix of brown and white pavé diamonds in a rose gold setting is warm and wonderful.

Companies are creating exciting fashion settings in modern to heirloom-style looks. You can find chic new designs that take their influences from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times, as well as Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Also, fashion houses and designers have partnered with diamond companies to develop designer jewelry in both bridal and fashion lines. So if you have a favorite designer, you’ve got an easy go-to for engagement rings, wedding rings and beyond. (Go figure: They discovered that once we love a jewelry brand, we often stick with it.)

There are many ways to make fine diamond jewelry the perfect gift for any occasion. With earrings at the core of nearly every American woman’s jewelry collection, classic diamond hoops make a beautiful selection. Other classics to consider include diamond studs, the tennis bracelet and large diamond cuffs with solid pavé or openwork.

Contemporary- and modern-style designs expand your choices exponentially. How about celebrating the swan-like neck of a thoroughly modern woman with a 22-inch pendant necklace?

You’ve got two hands

A diamond ring doesn’t have to be — or look like — an engagement ring. Some women are concerned about taking the focus off of their engagement rings: Will people be confused if I wear another diamond with it? A great way to wear a diamond ring that doesn’t compete with your engagement ring is to sport a completely different style or add some color.

Is your engagement ring modern? Then how about a vintage-style ring? Art Deco’s linear and symmetrical style complements more modern designs. For something more “fashion-y,” you might try a diamond ring that hits a trend that’s also a classic look, such as color-blocking black and white. That ring with black and white diamonds makes a bold statement that works with your strong black and white fashions, yet will never go out of style and can be worn with just about everything else. Have a favorite color? You can find diamonds in yellow, green, blue and purple.Read more at:www.queenieau.com | bridesmaid dresses australia

Finding her passion in fashion

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(Photo:formal dresses melbourne)As a first-generation Indian American, Nila Chakraborty of Plymouth has turned her passion for fashion into an online boutique, bringing lavish Bollywood-style formal wear right to customers’ doorsteps.

Before launching ShopBollyWear two years ago, Chakraborty was a part-time wedding planner for the Indian community, a side gig she began while working full-time in finance.

“After I got married with my husband, a lot of people started calling me,” she said. They wanted to know where she got her outfits and jewelry for her traditional Indian wedding.

Her family immigrated from India when she was 2 years old. “We grew up watching a lot of Bollywood movies, going to Indian parties, dressing up when we would go to weddings,” Chakraborty said, adding that it was very much a mixture of eastern and western cultures.

Describing herself as “a little fashionista,” Chakraborty enjoyed dressing up, wearing bright and colorful clothing with matching accessories.

“I just loved Indian fashion,” she said, adding she emulated Bollywood movies, which were very “rich and lavish” as they portrayed the latest fashion trends in India, from makeup to the clothing and jewelry.

Weddings were also very colorful and bright, requiring a variety of outfits for the four to eight days of festivities.

As a wedding planner, Chakraborty witnessed the great lengths her clients would go to in order to acquire Indian festival-wear.

Pre-internet, people would either travel to India to purchase the items or have a family member “curate it for you and bring it back,” she said, “and sometimes, you wouldn’t like it.” Shipping the items to the U.S. could also take months.

In 2012, she says the entrepreneurial light bulb turned on, lighting the way to create an e-commerce store that would “bring this [fashion] to the footsteps of the Asian population,” a niche market as the Indian population began to grow in America.

In March 2016, Chakraborty launched the online boutique for clothing and fashion for the whole family that celebrates the Indian tradition.

In addition to providing a service to her customers in America, “We also wanted to help women back home,” Chakraborty said, by creating jobs for the rural women, whose main source of income is weaving fabrics.

On her website, customers can choose from 3,000 to 5,000 products. It’s a one-stop shop for good-quality, reasonably priced clothing for the whole family, she said.

Among the items are a variety of styles of sarees, a female garment from India consisting of five to nine yards of fabric that can be wrapped in various styles.

Her inventory consists of more intricate and artistic sarees that are harder to find in the U.S., she said, such as the kalamkari, an ancient style of hand-painting on cotton or silk.

Kalamkari prints are in a variety of shapes and patterns, many of which tell the story of the Hindu religion, she explained.

“People want to look and feel their best at all events, and ShopBollywear is there to help them do that–feel like a Bollywood star,” she said.

With many customers not wanting to be repetitive by wearing the same outfit twice, Chakraborty’s next business venture is to launch TradeBollyWear, in order to provide an online platform where customers can buy previously worn formal wear.

Now, Chakraborty runs a full-time business, helping people to look their best for those special occasions. “It’s fun,” she said. “You’ve got to find your passion in life … I found my passion.”

Because of her passion and achievements as CEO of the online venture, Chakraborty has been named a 2018 Women in Business honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She is among 47 women being recognized “for their professional achievements, leadership and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community.”

“Starting my own business in an area I am passionate about has been my lifelong dream and being honored and recognized in the Journal means a lot to me,” she said.Read more at:cheap formal dresses